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Phantoms Weekly: Week #7

Phantoms return home for two games; Wednesday night vs. Hamilton and Friday night vs. Norfolk





November 22, 2010





2010-11 Record:

3-14-2-0, 8 points (Home 2-5-1-0, Road 1-9-1-0)


Phantoms Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, Nov 24, 7:00 vs. Hamilton Bulldogs at Glens Falls Civic Center
Friday, Nov 26, 7:30 vs. Norfolk Admirals at Glens Falls Civic Center
Saturday, Nov 27, 7:00 at Hershey Bears
Sunday, Nov 28, 4:00 at Hartford Wolf Pack


Eric Wellwood Recalled to Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have recalled 5'11", 179-pound left wing Eric Wellwood from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.  Wellwood will be available for tonight's game against the Montreal Canadians and will wear No. 47.

Wellwood, 20, will join the Flyers for the second time this season.  He was previously recalled on November 1 and made his NHL debut that night against Carolina.  He appeared in three games for the Flyers, picking up his first NHL point on an assist on Nov. 6 at the New York Islanders.

The native of Windsor, Ontario was selected by the Flyers in the sixth round (172ndoverall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Wellwood has five goals and three assists for eight points in 17 games for the Phantoms this season.


Phantoms Re-Acquire Syvret and add Forward Bordson

On Sunday afternoon, the Philadelphia Flyers acquired forward Rob Bordson and defenseman Danny Syvret from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forwards Patrick Maroon and David Laliberte.

Bordson, 22,  in his first year of pro hockey, appeared in 15 games with the Crunch posting a goal and two assists. The University of Minnesota-Duluth product, scored 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points in 40 games during his final season at UMD.

Syvret, 25, returns to the Flyers organization, where he had played for the past two seasons. Last season with the Phantoms, Syvret had 5 goals and 8 assists in 15 games while spending time additionally in Philadelphia where he compiled 2 goals and 2 assists in 21 games.


Phantoms Make Roster Moves

Friday, the Adirondack Phantoms recalled forward Shane Harper as well as defenseman Cullen Eddy and goaltender Nic Riopel for the second time this week from the Greenville Road Warriors of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). Additionally, Adirondack sent forward Garrett Klotz and rookie goaltender Brian Stewart on loan to Greenville.

Harper, the Valencia, CA native made his AHL debut last season with the Phantoms on April 2 appearing in five games. He scored his first career AHL goal a week later vs. Binghamton. In his first two games of the season with Adirondack this past week, he tallied two assists.

Eddy, the Mercyhurst College product, appeared in his first career AHL game on Wednesday night in Charlotte where he earned his first AHL point as he assisted on Andrew Rowe's fifth goal of the season.

Riopel, the fifth round draft choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Flyers, appeared in ten games last season with the Phantoms with a record of 4-6-0-0 with a 3.35 GAA. This season with Greenville, he won ECHL Goalie of the Week for week of 10/25/10 - 10/31/10 with a 2-0-0 record, 1.50 GAA, and .944 save percentage. Riopel was 6-2-1 with a 2.65 GAA before being recalled to the Phantoms. 

Klotz, the third round draft pick of the Flyers back in 2007, accumulated ten penalty minutes in ten games with the Phantoms this season while rookie goaltender Brian Stewart was 0-4-0 with a 4.73 GAA.

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Adirondack Phantoms Team Leaders

Games: Eight Players Tied (19)
Goals: Denis Hamel (6)
Assists: Erik Gustafsson (11)
Points: Erik Gustafsson (13)
Plus/Minus: Matt Clackson (0)
Penalty Minutes: Zac Rinaldo (67)
Power Play Goals: Denis Hamel (4)
Short-handed Goals: None
Game-Winning Goals: Eric Wellwood, Ben Holmstrom and Denis Hamel (1)
Shots: Erik Gustafsson (43)
Saves: Johan Backlund (365)
Wins: Johan Backlund (3)
GAA: Nic Riopel (2.55)
Save Percentage: Nic Riopel (0.912)

Week 8 Schedule

All games are broadcast LIVE on Classic Hits Q-101.7 FM by Adirondack Phantoms voice, Bob Rotruck, and can be heard free over the Internet at www.phantomshockey.com and can be viewed via internet pay-per-view video on www.ahllive.com.

Phantoms Return Home for Two Games; Then Hit the Road for the start of 5 Straight

Wednesday, November 24- 7:00 pm - Glens Falls Civic Center - Glens Falls, NY

vs. Hamilton Bulldogs (11-3-1-3, 26 pts)

1st Place in North Division, Western Conference

This will be the first of four meetings between the Phantoms and Bulldogs this season. Last season, Hamilton won the season series 4-0 but the March 17 game at the Glens Falls Civic Center, the Phantoms lost 6-5 in the seventh round of a shootout. This season, the Bulldogs are 3-1-0-3 on the road and are 7-2-0-1 in their last ten games. Max Pacioretty leads Hamilton in goals (8) while David Desharnias leads the team in assists (16) and total points (22). Curtis Sanford, the ex-NHL'er, is 6-1-0-0 with a 1.56 GAA and is 2nd in the league in goals allowed with 11 only behind Jake Allen of Peoria who has let in nine. On special teams, Hamilton has the second best power play on the road converting 24.3 % while their penalty killing ranks 7th among the AHL (88.1%).

Friday, November 26 - 7:30 pm - Glens Falls Civic Center - Glens Falls, NY

vs. Norfolk Admirals (9-4-3-1, 22 pts)

3rd Place in East Division, Eastern Conference

This will be the third time in 3 weeks that the Phantoms have met the Admirals. On Nov. 12, Adirondack snapped their 11-game winless streak in comeback fashion 4-3 in overtime on two Denis Hamel power play goals. Norfolk has seen a lot of player activity in the past couple weeks as well. Forwards Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Johan Harju, Blair Jones, James Wright and Juraj Simek along with defenseman Mike Vernace have all seen action in Tampa Bay this season. Currently, Paul Szczechura leads the Admirals in goals (8) while Marc Antoine Pouliot leads the team in assists (15) and total points (19). Norfolk is 4-2-3-1 in their last ten games and finished the past week 2-0-0-0. Cedrick Desjardins and Dustin Tokarski have both seen playing time against the Phantoms this season.

Saturday, November 27 - 7:00 p.m. - Giant Center - Hershey, PA

@ Hershey Bears (10-7-0-1, 21 pts)

Tied-4th Place in the East Division, Eastern Conference

This is the third of eight meetings between the Phantoms and Bears with this being the third time the Phantoms have made a trip to Hershey. The Phantoms have been outscored by the Bears 9-3 in two games while both Johan Backlund and Brian Stewart, who recently was loaned to Greenville, each played one game against the defending Calder Cup Champions. Hershey leads the league in both goals scored with 69 (that is 3.83 goals a game) and shots for with 624 (that is 34.67 a game). Andrew Gordon leads the Bears in goals (10) and total points (25) while forward Mathieu Perrault and defenseman Lawrence Nycholat are tied on the team in assists (14). Goaltender Semyon Varlomov is 2-1 with a 3.36 GAA while Dany Sabourin is 3-6 with a 2.85 GAA with both net minders having seen time this season with the Washington Capitals.

Sunday, November 28 - 5:00 p.m. - XL Center - Hartford, CT

@ Hartford Wolf Pack (6-11-2-2, 16 pts)

Tied-6th in Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference

This will be the first of four meetings between the Phantoms and Pack. This will be the opening weekend for the Connecticut Whale after the name change from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Right winger Jeremy Williams leads the team in goals (11) and total points (19) in 21 games this season while goaltender Chad Johnson has seen the majority of the time in goal with a record of 5-10-1-0 and a 2.70 GAA. On special teams at home, the Wolf Pack are ranked 18th on the power play converting 17.1 % while their penalty kill is 22nd among the American Hockey League stopping opponents 80.0% of the time on the man advantage. Hartford is currently 3-6-0-1 in their last ten games and are coming off a 2-2-0-0 week.  

Week 7 Game Results

November 17, 2010 - Adirondack 1 @ Charlotte 2

Andrew Rowe gave Adirondack the initial lead midway through the first period when he pounced on a rebound from a shot by Cullen Eddy. It was Rowe's fifth goal of the season and placed him 2nd among Phantoms in goals behind Denis Hamel who has six. It was Eddy's first career AHL point. Nic Riopel made 24 saves, which was good enough for Second Star of the Game honors while counterpart Justin Pogge stopped 23 Adirondack shots for his fifth win of the season.

November 19, 2010 - Adirondack 3 @ Charlotte 4 OT

The Adirondack Phantoms overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 at the Charlotte Checkers Friday night but eventually fell in overtime by a 4-3 final as Bobby Sanguinetti's game-winner just trickled through Johan Backlund. Johan Backlund was stellar in net for the Phantoms making 33 saves while Checkers goaltender Mike Murphy earned his second win of the season against the Phantoms stopping 38 shots. Matt Clackson scored his first goal of the season while Eric Wellwood netted his fifth and Ben Holmstrom helped tie the game in the 3rd period scoring his fourth of the year. Shane Harper earned two assists in his first AHL game of the season. On special teams, Charlotte went 2-for-4 on the power play while Adirondack went 0-for-3.

November 20, 2010 - Adirondack 1 @ Norfolk 3

The Adirondack Phantoms wrapped up their three game road-trip with a 3-1 loss to the Norfolk Admirals Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. David Laliberte, a Phantom at the time, gave Adirondack an early 1-0 lead on the power play in the first period with assists to Eric Wellwood and Denis Hamel. In the third period, Hamel had a chance to cut the Norfolk lead from 3-1 to 3-2 when he was rewarded a penalty shot. Dustin Tokarski, who made 21 saves on the night, stopped Hamel and the Phantoms the rest of the way earning his third win of the season.


Phantoms Reebok/AHL Player of the Week Nomination: (Week 7)

#11 -Shane Harper- RW-2 GP (0 goals, 2 assists) Even, 4 SOG

The Valencia, CA native in his first AHL game this season since being recalled from the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL, had two assists including one on the game-tying goal in the 3rd period by Ben Holmstrom on Friday night in Charlotte. Last season with the Phantoms, Harper made his pro debut on April 4, 2010 vs. Syracuse and scored first pro goal on April 9 vs. Binghamton. In 11 games this season with the Road Warriors, Harper compiled three goals and seven assists and was a +5.


Adirondack Phantoms Recent Transactions...

Nov 17 - Cullen Eddy Recalled by Adirondack (AHL)
Nov 17 - Nic Riopel Recalled by Adirondack (AHL)
Nov 18 - Cullen Eddy Returned to Greenville (ECHL)
Nov 18 - Nic Riopel Returned to Greenville (ECHL)
Nov 19 - Cullen Eddy Recalled by Adirondack (AHL)
Nov 19 - Nic Riopel Recalled by Adirondack (AHL)
Nov 19 - Shane Harper Recalled by Adirondack (AHL)
Nov 19 - Garrett Klotz Loaned to Greenville (ECHL)
Nov 19 - Brian Stewart Loaned to Greenville (ECHL)
Nov 21 - Rob Bordson Acquired from Anaheim Ducks organization in multi-player trade
Nov 21 - Danny Syvret Acquired from Anaheim Ducks organization in multi-player trade
Nov 21 - David Laliberte Traded to Anaheim Ducks organization
Nov 21 - Patrick Maroon Traded to Anaheim Ducks organization
Nov 22 - Eric Wellwood Recalled to Philadelphia (NHL)


Phantoms Schedule this Week

Tuesday, November 23: Practice at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, November 24: Practice at 10 a.m. / 7 p.m. game vs. Hamilton
Thursday, November 25: Practice at 10 a.m.
Friday, November 26: Pre-Game Skate at 10 a.m. / 7:30 p.m. game vs. Norfolk / Bus to Hershey following the game
Saturday, November 27: Pre-Game Skate at 11 a.m. / 7:00 p.m. game at Hershey / Bus to Hartford following the game
Sunday, November 28: 5 p.m. game at Hartford / Bus back to GF following the game
Monday, November 29: Practice at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, November 30: Practice at 10 a.m.


Adirondack returns home on Wednesday, November 24 to face-off against the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7 p.m. on Check it Out Night with great discounts available for fans showing their library card when they purchase tickets.  It is also Blades for Grades Night at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Call the Phantoms office for more information. The Thanksgiving homestand concludes on Friday, November 26 against the Norfolk Admirals.

The homestand begins a stretch of four games in five days for the Phantoms. Adirondack opens a stretch of five straight games away from the Glens Falls Civic Center next Saturday at Hershey and Sunday at Hartford. 

Don't be left out! Tickets for all Phantoms games are on sale now. Discount rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Save off the individual ticket price by asking the Phantoms about their great group rate packages.
The AHL is celebrating their 75th anniversary season and is the top development league for the NHL. More than 85 percent of today's NHL players are American Hockey League graduates and more than 6
million fans attend AHL games every year.

Come watch future NHL stars and up-and-coming Flyers prospects with exciting Adirondack Phantoms hockey! A variety of ticket packages for all the fast-paced action are on sale now. The Phantoms selection of discount ticket packages includes 3-packs, 6-packs, 12 and 22 Select Plans, full season plans and Flex Packs. Choose the plan that works best for you! Get your tickets at the Phantoms office inside the Glens Falls Civic Center, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling the Phantoms at 518-480-3355. 





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